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Twice annually, the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DNRC) lowers the water level at Lake Nockamixon over a 2 day period, creating Class 3 and 4 whitewater condition on the normally tranquil Tohickon creek. As you might guess, this attracts a lot of people to enjoy the 4 mile run from Ralph Stover Park to the Delaware river.
While I have lived a mere 30 minutes from the event, I have never attended. After this visit, I’m hooked. I parked at my secret parking spot and hiked to the creek, where I had the place to myself with a near steady stream of kayakers, rafters, and a lone surfboard.
I took a boatload of photos, which I pruned them down to 20ish, so I’m apologizing in advance. I hope you enjoy. This particular day was warm, but cloudy. I arrived around 2:30 and the lighting was not great. I used high ISO to get the shutter speeds required and they came out pretty good. One lesson I learned afterwards was to change the camera to auto-focus using only the center of the image, which should yield sharper images next time.
Captions are below the images, which I didn’t do for every shot. Lots of colorful outfits, the people were all very friendly and really enjoying themselves. I can’t wait for March.